39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2004
This is great workout for anyone looking to improve their overall fitness level and is especially good for toning arms, legs and butts. The aerobic sections are fun, varied and not too exhausting but the real benefit of this workout is in the toning sections. After a few weeks of regular use you really will see the difference in your general muscle tone, with a firmer bum, less flabby arms and a firmer, flatter stomach.
Karen Voight’s instruction is clear and encouraging. She explains what you’re doing and why without shouting or any of that ‘come on, you can do it’ motivational stuff that I personally find really irritating after a while. Elle looks great and is full of enthusiasm, although her little comments do get a bit tiresome after a while. You will need a bit of room to do this in, especially some of the aerobic sections, and I recommend you use hand weights (I find 3lbs is about right) after the first few times as they really help to tone up your arms fast.
Although this isn’t a hard working, high impact workout (try Nell McAndrew’s Maximum Impact if you’re looking for something more challenging), overall it is a good ‘every day’ workout (I use it alternative days with Kate’s Cardio Combat) that will give you better body definition and is fun to do.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2007
I bought this on VHS about four years ago and it still the best workout DVD I've ever used! I've been through them all - Cindy Crawford, Aerobics Oz Style, Tae Bo, pilates, yoga, salsa... the list is endless, but Elle is the one I go back to every time.
I'm in pretty good shape,but this is challenging enough to get my heart rate right up - overall at about 75% of maximum, (which is an ideal aerobic rate, especially is you're looking to shift that extra weight!) but the final cardio section takes me up to 95%. If however you're not used to working out you can easily hold back on the cardio sessions and work at your own level - just make your movements smaller and you'll find it perfectly easy. The third (last) cardio session is the hardest - they throw a few jumps in here, but if you cut out the jumps and keep it low-impact you'll be fine.
The conditioning exercises are effective and the instruction is very clear, which avoids risk of injury. You need some small weights for the conditioning sessions, and you can get a pair of those for about £5 in Argos/Amazon.
This is the only DVD apart from Billy Blanks' Tae Bo that works me hard enough to make it a substitute for going to the gym. The Tae Bo DVDs are HARDCORE and I just can't face them most of the time, so I needed something a notch below that!
I can't recommend this enough. WHATEVER your fitness level, you will get a good workout.
89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2004
I hate workout videos. Actually, I hate working out. And dieting. And tall, slim, muscular fitness Nazis in Lycra, barking at me through the tv screen.
But...I also hate not fitting into my clothes, getting breathless walking to the car and the fact that my naked arse looks like a bath sponge. So, in a moment of madness, I bought this dvd. Given my usual level of persistence and determination, I fully expected that I would use it once or twice, then go back to doing something more instantly gratifying. Like eating some doughnuts and having a cigarette.
However...I now find myself writing a positive review for this dvd. It is five weeks since I bought it, and in that time I have managed to stick with it, using it to start my day, at least four days a week.
The programme alternates short sessions of aerobics with body-toning sessions, using light weights. It's simple enough for a beginner, but does give you a serious workout. In just 5 weeks, my clothes fit better and my body is fitter and more toned - I can even take my jeans off without undoing them!
The commentary from the instructor is kept simple and factual...not too much of that patronising "you can do it!" stuff that tends to pall after a few viewings. Elle is cute and has a great body, although I have to snort with laughter at one or two of her interjections (e.g. during one of the bum-toning sessions, she mentions that this is "what I need to do most!" Yeah, sure, Elle-baby...and I'm a super-model!) The stretching/unwinding session at the end of the programme incorporates some yoga moves, and really makes you feel good after the exertion.
I recommend this dvd for anyone who is NOT a fitness fanatic, but is maybe looking to shed a few inches and feel better about their body. It's a beginner-friendly, do-able work-out video, that doesn't get boring after a couple of viewings. Enjoy.
82 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2004
This workout dvd is the best I have tried. It combines 3 aerobic sections with 3 strengthening and toning sections. Each section is alternated so that you don't get bored (or too tired), and they are all fun to do - not at all repetitive. It targets all areas of your body and spends just enough time on each one.
The sections are as follows:
3)Legs and Butt
7)Abs and Back
I always feel that I get a good workout, and I am quite fit, but I really think that it is suitable for people of all levels of fitness. It is really easy to follow and the best thing about this workout that it only takes 60 minutes to do from beginning to end which means that you can easily fit it into your daily routine (no excuses!).
I lost over a stone in 3 months by doing this workout 3-4 times a week (and eating healthily). I am now a size 10 and I am the most toned I have ever been (I actually have muscle definition!).
I really would not hesitate to recommend this workout to anyone.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2006
This DVD is a nice gentle workout, however, if you are looking for a workout that will break you into a sweat this is not for you.
I have since gave this DVD to a friend who has just started exercising. She thinks it is great and over a few weeks can feel a difference.
Thus, if want want a gentle toning exercise DVD and yoy are a beginner standard to exercise, this will be perfect for you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2005
If you have any doubts, let me allay them for you here - this is a great workout, as the other reviews state, and it's actually a routine I look forward to doing! You will need arm / hand weights (little dumb-bells) and access to a chair. I probably need a bit more room to do the "swim skate" bit in the third aerobic section, but otherwise I use it in a pretty cramped space.
I noticed the results in the arm exercises within a week. I never realised my arms could be that shape. The cardio section probably needs supplementing with some other (more sustained) cardio work of your own devising, like running or dancing, to make a complete workout.
There are a few editing blips in the DVD, but they don't really matter, and Elle is likeable, which is important if you're going to spend hours staring at her. She does come out with some particularly cheesy comments though, and looks off camera for her cue to say them. And at one point does she dare to answer back the instructor by saying "I know" when told to lift her arms higher?! Maybe I've been using the DVD too much... but it's so darn good!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2005
This is one of my favorite exercise dvds. I love that there's ten minutes of aerobics, then ten minutes of toning. It covers your entire body (arms, legs, abs, etc.) and the aerobic work-outs get progressively more difficult over the hour-long video. I also found the stretches at the end helped keep me from getting stiff the next day. I highly recommend this.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2004
I'm not normally one for exercise, i never have been, but this year i made a resolution to get fit.
Not being into sport much, and not being keen on the gym i decided to go for something i could do at home. The workout is really good, i felt like i was really working, the moves were easy to follow and not too fast, and it made me feel really good about myself afterwards. The workout changes from aerobic exercise to toning and strengthening a few times, so it doesnt get boring, and gives you a chance to catch your breath! The aerobic sections are fun, and make you work up a sweat without getting completely exhausted!
I certainly feel more healthy, and although i have only been doing it for a couple of weeks so far i can see a difference. I would definately recommend this dvd/video to everyone. It makes getting fit fun, i love it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2006
I hate having to work out, but every time I start to think it's time to re-join the gym, I dig out my very aged VHS copy of The Body.
You're worked good and hard during the aerobic sessions, but have enough time in the toning session to catch your breath before starting the next aerobic session. And the warm-down is great - you get to stretch out really well.
To prove how good it is, I'm now on my DVD copy, having actually worn out my VHS copy!!!
Despite all the workouts that have come out since this originally came out on video in the early 90s, I will still recommend this to anyone - just remember to pull the curtains before you start!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2004
I hate workout videos. I hate them with a passion. Actually, I hate working out. And dieting. And tall, skinny, good-looking fitness Nazis in lycra, barking at me via the tv screen.
But...I also hate not fitting into my clothes, getting out of breath walking to the car and having an arse that resembles a bath-sponge. So in a moment of madness, I bought this dvd, fully expecting that, given my usual levels of persistence and dedication to fitness, I would use it once or twice, then give up and do something more instantly gratifying. Like eating some doughnuts and having a cigarette.
However, it has now been just over a month since I bought this, and I have managed to drag myself out of bed and start the day with this workout at least four mornings per week. This is definitely a record for me. So, I really recommend this dvd to anyone like me, who is not particularly a fitness fanatic, and is maybe looking for a good beginners' workout that they'll be able to stick with.
The workout alternates shortish sessions of simple aerobics with body-toning work using light weights, so it doesn't get tedious. The commentary from the "instructors" is kept fairly basic and factual, which is a blessing, as too many cheery, encouraging comments can become irritating after the 10th viewing. (Although, during one of the bits that focus on toning your bum, I always enjoy a little snorty laugh at Elle McPherson saying "this is the bit I REALLY need to do" Yeah, and I'm a supermodel, Elle-baby...!) The workout ends with a great unwinding, stretching session, which uses some yoga-type moves, and really makes you feel great after the exertion.
Essentially, I recommend this dvd because (a) it's doable for a 38 year old unfit beginner with high blood pressure and (b) If you stick at it, it works. It really works. In just a few weeks I am fitter and more toned, I've dropped a dress size, and I feel heaps better.